Date of Call: 2007
BSB Number: 51640
Before being called to the Bar, Laura had extensive experience in the areas of child protection and public family law matters as a paralegal for Lancashire County Council. In the past she has used her spare time to focus on family issues having worked with Preston Women’s Refuge and the National Centre for Domestic Violence when at Bar school. To widen her experience Laura also worked as a solicitor’s agent across the North Western Circuit for LPC for 2 years before pupillage.
Laura is a leading junior in the Legal 500 specialising in family law and immigration law. She continues to practice family law particularly Public and Private children work and the cross over this brings with immigration law.
Family: Care & Children
Public Law / Care and Adoption Proceedings
Laura is a specialist children barrister who has vast experience in public law matters having acted for the local authority, parents and Guardians as well as the children themselves. Laura accepts instructions in all public family law matters and has undertaken a range of hearings, often appearing in the High Court. She frequently appears in fact finding and final hearings involving issues of neglect, substance misuse, non-accidental injuries, mental health, domestic violence, psychological abuse and sexual abuse as well as matters of jurisdiction.
Laura has extensive experience dealing with vulnerable clients, both adults and children and has a particular passion for it being recognised in the Legal 500 as “very good in communicating with clients, especially those with learning disabilities”.
Laura’s experience in house as a paralegal at Lancashire County Council has allowed her to understand the way public children matters work.
Contact and Residence disputes under the Children Act 1989
Laura is a specialist children barrister being recognised in the Legal 500 as “well versed on the law and very knowledgeable”. She has undertaken a range of hearings involving child arrangement orders, specific issue and prohibited steps orders including jurisdictional issues. Laura specialises in representing the children via their Children’s Guardian when the need arises for their separate representation. This has led to a number of multi-day fact-finding hearings involving complex issues including implacable hostility and parental alienation, adult mental health issues and serious findings of abuse.
Laura frequently appears in the first tier and upper tribunals in relation to immigration and asylum matters. She conducts a range of preliminary and final hearings having acted for both the Home Office and the Appellant. This gives her an advantage when advising clients as to the appropriate course of action. Laura in particular has had conduct of tier 1, tier 2, tier 4 points based system applications, article 8 applications, EU applications, trafficking cases, asylums from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Trinidad.
- Legal 500 2017 for Immigration
- Legal 500 2018 for Family and Immigration
- Legal 500 2019 for Family and Immigration
- Legal 500 2020 for Family and Immigration
- Sibel Dedezade Pro Bono Award for the BVC – Inns of Court School of Law, London
Publications / Seminars
Laura regularly provides training for clients of Chambers. She is always happy to discuss delivering bespoke in-house training.
No 18 Chambers Seminars
Outside of Chambers, Laura is a keen traveller having ventured to Japan, Kenya, Tanzania, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and South Korea as well as inter-railing across Europe. Laura lived in China for two months in 2009 and while there worked in a law firm. She is a keen snowboarder, horse rider and runner (having completed the Goofy Disney Challenge in 2016 and the Disney Marathon in 2009 as well as a number of Great North Runs).
Laura is regularly involved in raising money for various charities. She has organised a Charity Netball tournament, which raised funds for Cancer Research UK and the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAART). Laura also had involvement in the Chambers Bake Off to raise money for our NHS Heroes and the Bingo night raising money for Yellow Door.
Cases of note
Laura Baines reported in Re X  EWFC B85
Laura Baines reported in Re X  EWFC B85
SB v M  EWFC 49 (11 June 2021)
Re S (A Child: Finding of Fact)  EWCA Civ 1382
A Local Authority v W (No2) (Finding of Fact Hearing)  EWFC 68
CTD (A Child: Rehearing)  EWCA Civ 1316
T and J (Children)  EWCA Civ 1344
The enforceability of a recital - BSA v NVT  EWHC 2906 (Fam)
STOP PRESS :NO.18 CHAMBERS INCREASES RECOGNITION IN THE ANNUAL LEGAL 500 RANKINGS FOR FIFTH YEAR RUNNING
Laura Baines speaks at the launch of the International Education Forum Executive Business Network
FS v RS and JS  EWFC 63
Lucy (care proceedings)  EWHC 2801 (Fam) (09 October 2020)
Re C (A Child: Adoption)  EWFC 66
Lancashire CC v G (Unavailability of Secure Accommodation)  EWHC 2828 – where the court was left with no option but to authorise a 16 year old’s placement in an unregulated placement under deprivation of liberty authorisation.
C (A Child: Care Proceedings)  EWFC B46
Re A (Children) (Remote Hearing: Care and Placement Orders)  EWCA Civ 583
Online parenting courses for Child Arrangement Proceedings
An Immigration Judge “Wholly Failing To Meet Standards That Are Demanded By The Office Of A Judge And Expected By The Parties”
To record or not to record professionals in care cases?